Labour and Conservative candidates have put aside their campaign rivalry and given cross party backing to a petition for new traffic lights at a dangerous road junction.
Both the Eastleigh Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Mims Davies and Labour Candidate Mark Latham, along with Local Labour party Borough Candidate Eileen Marks and Conservative Central ward candidate Michael Goode have signed the residents petition calling for traffic lights to be installed at Dutton Lane.
Residents Jayne and Steve Philpott, who started the petition to make the junction with the busy B3040 Bishopstoke Road, safer, have led the campaign.
The Dutton Laners say they worried because the council is planning to use the former UPS parcel depot as a public car park.
They are also concerned that proposals to build a new food store near Lidl will result in even more traffic congestion in the area.
The petition is also supported by local businesses ATS and G.W. Martin.
Sara Doyle, a local resident made it clear how much day-to-day difficulty the current layout causes:
‘’I have to go up and down Bishopstoke Road four times each day just to get my daughter to school and then back to work and always get stuck waiting to get out of the end of the road’’,
Rachel Cook added ‘’generally the wait for me to get out is 5 minutes.’’
Mims Davies, Mark Latham, Michael Goode and Eileen Marks have all backed the petition and want to see traffic lights at Dutton Lane
Michael Goode said,
” When I heard of the struggle the residents and businesses are having to be taken seriously, I was pleased to get behind their campaign, when it comes to development, the Council must listen to residents rather than just tell them what’s going to happen.”
Eileen Marks told Eastleigh News:
“We feel for the residents of Dutton Lane because the junction is already dangerous without the proposal by EBC to put in a 150 space car park.
“We thought the traffic data the Council showed us was incorrect so we organised a traffic survey and helped start off their petition.
“All parties should get involved with this, there should be no car park until they have improved and modified the junction with a proper traffic light system.”
Mark Latham said:
“Yet again EBC are creating delays for residents trying to get to and from work. They say the car park is temporary “only for 5 years” but they must improve the road first or we will suffer more chaos.”
Mims Davies added:
” It’s clear this area of Eastleigh is suffering due to a lack of infrastructure, and the residents and businesses feel locked out and are simply not being heard.”
“I have lobbied for the Conservative South Coast plan to include the Chickenhall Lane Link Road to help stop the significant pollution from building further and so that people can get on with their lives in the knowledge their concerns are being listened to.”